Friday 22 February 2019

Landmark talks between Ryanair and union to get underway today

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary Photo: Mark Condren
Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary Photo: Mark Condren
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Talks between Ryanair and the Impact union on a new working relationship are due to begin at 5pm today at Dublin Airport.

The landmark meeting will seek to establish the first vestiges of trust between the sides. Initial talks between the airline and the trade union in coming weeks will seek to establish a framework for union representation at the carrier. Only once this has been agreed on will talks begin in earnest about pilot demands.

Impact’s negotiating team includes national secretary Angela Kirk, assistant general secretary Ashley Connolly, as well as about half a dozen Ryanair pilots. Ryanair’s team includes chief operations officer Peter Bellew and its chief people officer, Eddie Wilson.

While tomorrow’s strike has been called off, preventing future industrial action will depend on today’s talks securing meaningful dialogue between both sides.

Meanwhile, a union representing baggage handlers in Spain said it and other unions would  negotiate with Ryanair next month on a collective bargaining agreement.

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